Police Disperse Rioters at A-najah University in Nablus

Disturbances erupted at A-Najah University in Nablus after it reopened Tuesday following a week-long closure on orders of Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Soldiers fired rubber bullets and tear gas at Arab students but no injuries were reported.

The university was shut down a week ago because of riots on the campus and at the nearby Balata refugee camp. Classes resumed Tuesday morning, but soon students streamed out to the main road, stoned passing vehicles, burned tires and unfurled Palestinian flags.

Soldiers called to the scene forced them back on the campus. The students barricaded themselves in the university buildings for several hours while troops stood by outside, By evening the students dispersed quietly. No further clashes were reported.

Meanwhile, two youths were arrested in Jenin for throwing rocks at a border police patrol jeep. The windshield was broken but no one was hurt. In Jerusalem, an Arab truck was stoned by Jews in the Shmuel Hanavi quarter Tuesday afternoon. The windshield was broken but the driver was unhurt. Shmuel Hanavi was the home of yeshiva student Eliahu Amdi who was fatally stabbed in the Old City on November 15.

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